Song of the Day #2,805: ‘Wrap Your Arms Around Me’ – Barenaked Ladies

gordonHere’s a very pretty song from Barenaked Ladies’ debut album, Gordon. The lovely acoustic guitar and impressive vocal harmonies mask the fact that it appears to be sung from the perspective of either a murderer, a perpetrator of domestic violence or both.

The opening line about tracing a likeness of the woman’s body suggests a chalk outline at a crime scene, supporting the murder interpretation. The line “I regret every time I raised my voice” in the final verse implies that these two are in a relationship. My take is that he finally went too far and his abuse resulted in her death.

Not the sunniest subject matter, and it’s a very compelling creative choice to make a song like this so musically delicate.

[Verse 1]
I concede you were right about this place
I can make a perfect likeness of your body if I trace
I can hold you ’til you turn out the light
And I can’t see

[Verse 2]
Do you believe we are all innately good?
Do you think that you would love me
‘Til tomorrow if you could?
Would you please turn down the radio
So we can speak?

[Bridge]
I put my hands around your neck
You wrap your arms around me
Put my hands around your neck
You wrap your arms around me
I put my hands around your neck
You wrap your arms around me

[Verse 3]
I regret every time I raised my voice
And it wouldn’t be that bright of me to say I had no choice
I can kiss your eyes, your hair, your neck
Until we forget

[Verse 1 repeats]

I can’t see

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2 thoughts on “Song of the Day #2,805: ‘Wrap Your Arms Around Me’ – Barenaked Ladies

  1. Dana says:

    I don’t know if the subject matter here is quite as dark as you suggest. Have they said that this is a correct interpretation?

  2. Clay says:

    I couldn’t find any quotes from the band on the song’s meaning. But I don’t see a non-sinister reading of “I put my hands around your neck.”

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